Typical day for a Home Health nurse... - page 25

Not a bad day today... started back per diem today. 6 cases, all in the same township. Not my usual zip codes though, so I did waste some time and scheduled visits akimbo, instead of in a line like... Read More

  1. Visit  tracydewitt77 profile page
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    That's promising!! I just accepted a job in HH today!! I have been working on busy med/surg units in the hospital for the last 4 years! I'm getting burnt out! :-)
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  3. Visit  artsmom profile page
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    I have never worked as much as I do in HH, and it remains my favorite job in my 10 year nursing career. I didn't like the type of stress a coding patient brings, I'm not an adrenaline junky. HH definitely brings stress, just of another variety completely. I am very organized, and that is how you survive in my opinion.
  4. Visit  nurse.j. profile page
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    I just got offered what will be my first job in HH and the company (plus previous posters) have all forewarned me about how it takes a little getting used to and its a lot of work but you can really love it. I've been working in an over-worked busy M/S/PCU floor for the last year and I still hate it. HH is something I've been wanting to try but never got any bites and this company is putting their faith in me and offer lots of training/support to take me in. I also was offered a job today on M/S floor at a different hospital but the 12 hour days have been hard on my son and I and I've been desperately seeking more 'normal hours'...so will it just be same sh*% different hospital? Idk what to do? I'm taking the night to weigh pros and cobs of each job but I'm leaning more towards the HH job because its something different and I think I'd really enjoy. Thoughts?
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  5. Visit  Ks mommy nurse profile page
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    Try it! You might like the flexibility of making your own schedule to suit your life. If you end up being completely miserable, then I'm sure you can go back to a hospital.
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  6. Visit  nurse.j. profile page
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    Quote from Ks mommy nurse
    Try it! You might like the flexibility of making your own schedule to suit your life. If you end up being completely miserable, then I'm sure you can go back to a hospital.
    That's what I figure, it's just always scary trying something new. But I can't imagine anything more miserable than the year I have had at my current position. LOL. Thanks for your reply!
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  7. Visit  Benedina profile page
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    One of the GREAT benefits of HH is more autonomy over your schedule. Sometimes I'm still working late at night on my charting but I genuinely love every minute of HH. (And sometimes I'm taking a long lunch with my daughter!) Good luck!

    Benedina
  8. Visit  nurse.j. profile page
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    They offered me the HH position so I'm going to take it! Giving my notice today at my current job and I'm scared!
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  9. Visit  Ks mommy nurse profile page
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    Great, congrats! What are you scared of? Giving notice you're quitting or starting a new job?
  10. Visit  nurse.j. profile page
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    All of them lol I talked with my manager today and she needs me to stay til Feb due to staffing and my contract (HR not willing to budge on date) so I talked with my HH company and they will hold my position til my contract us up. I thought I probably shouldn't burn any bridges with my current company since its a large hospital/clinic network in my state & the HH company wants me bad enough that they'll wait another month and a half. Even though the next couple months will suck, still being stuck at my hospital...at least in have another job just waiting for me when my times up.
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  11. Visit  Ks mommy nurse profile page
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    That's great that you can transition from one job to another. You definitely don't want to burn any bridges. Congrats again!
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  12. Visit  nurse.j. profile page
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    Yeah I am just getting out of my current job at the right time too...they opened up a new unit (an extension of our current surgical/PCU floor and most of our staff went there...with NO replacement staff. We have been so short staffed and crazy busy...miserable. I'm trying so hard to stick out the next month and a half. So excited for this new opportunity. Meeting to sign all the paperwork in a couple weeks! So ready to say goodbye to M/S floor nursing and HELLO to something new in the new year!
  13. Visit  mcgar profile page
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    Hi! I am a new grad and found a home health agency willing to train me and start next month. It is a per diem position so it will work perfectly with my class schedule and still give me an opportunity to keep applying to hospitals. Anyone have any tips for me?? I am a little scared starting off in home health as a new grad. Is this a good opportunity?
  14. Visit  Libby1987 profile page
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    Quote from mcgar
    Hi! I am a new grad and found a home health agency willing to train me and start next month. It is a per diem position so it will work perfectly with my class schedule and still give me an opportunity to keep applying to hospitals. Anyone have any tips for me?? I am a little scared starting off in home health as a new grad. Is this a good opportunity?
    Entirely depends on the preceptorship, a new grad isn't remotely prepared for the independent nursing judgement and decision making required of a nurse working alone in the field. At some point telephone consults will suffice but not initially.

    They may tell you that they will give you the easy non complicated cath changes and staple removals, but I doubt that'll stick, not when there are visits needed to be made and you're available. (If anyone could get a job just doing the easy visits they would get beat up after school..)

    Home health has a rep for being easy, it's not, not logistically, documentation wise or responsibility wise. Those sick patients that are discharged home barely stable? That's who you will be seeing. The number of patients I've sent back for sepsis with admission to ICU or acute CHF (and the pressure is on for us to prevent that) has increased dramatically in recent years. You want to make sure that isn't because you missed something.

    So my advice is don't let anyone jack with your liability, if you aren't offered a solid orientation, don't accept.


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